Thursday, September 21, 2006

Anna Nicole Smith

Up until a few days ago, I was in her corner. I figured she was just misunderstood, a product of bad publicity and unfavourable television editing. Actually, I thought she was just getting a bad rap, as fallen beauty queens always do.

And then I read THIS

At first, I couldn't imagine what kind of mental state she must be in - still in the hospital after giving birth to her daughter and her 20 year old son drops dead in her room next to her. The joy and misery combination must be unbearable, or so I thought. But while still in mourning, she strikes a tasteless and almost unbelievable business deal with In Touch magazine for $600,000 to publish the last photo taken of her now dead son, Daniel. Even though she said she couldn't remember him dying.

When she married the 89 year old oil tycoon, I just figured she saw it as her chance to get out of what sounded like a pretty desperate life. I might have done the same thing. So I quietly rooted for her, as I sometimes do for the underdog. She saw a chance and took it without really hurting anyone.

But to find out three days after her son's death that she struck a deal with a magazine to publish what should be the most private and treasured photograph of her life - well, it makes me sick. Rest in peace, Daniel.

4 comments:

  1. Dop, I had the exact same reaction when I heard about the $600k. In a time of horrific grief, how could a mother broker a deal to sell the last photos ever taken of her son? It's just nauseating.

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  2. Its a vile part of human nature, this desire and need for more money all the time! To capitalise on someones death, let alone your own childs, is sickening!

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  3. You know, she's probably on some pretty mind-numbing drugs, that is perhaps the "best" explanation. I can't judge her actions, because it is possible that she may have limited involvement in what is going on.

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  4. It sounds pretty tasteless on the surface, I'll agree. But her alternative in this situation was to be exploited by the media, who would otherwise get hold of the photos (as they somehow always do) and print them anyway - whether she wanted them to or not. Though her actions may be judged as crass, why should she allow herself to be exploited and others to become enriched from her very personal tragedy? Besides, it may have been the only way for her to exercise some control over how the photos were used.

    I have no feelings about Anna Nicole one way or the other, but faced with the same choice, in the hollywoodland world that she lives in, I might do the same thing. And screw what everyone else thinks.

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